Today’s Special: NOT your cell phone
Applebees has submitted a trademark application for “No tech Tuesday” in what appears to be an attempt to secure the rights for the idea before unveiling the initiative at a later date.
The chain would not comment on the filing, but the practice of restaurants filing trademark applications is fairly common prior to announcing new programs or items.
Sandi Pointe restaurant in New Jersey held a pair of “No Tech Tuesday” nights last February during which the owners fined people for not complying—the money went to charity.
Some burger with your pretzel?
Wendy’s is revamping, and they’re bringing back their secret weapon: the pretzel bacon cheeseburger.
The special menu item was a hit last summer when it was introduced, and the company sold 50 million. Once the item was taken off the menu, sales slowed dramatically.
The restaurant’s shares nearly doubled last year, but are down again this year. Can a juicy burger will do the trick and push the stock up again?
Also of note- Wendy’s rival, McDonald’s, recently claimed the title of worst burgers in America.
Savoring the Crumbs
Don’t count this cupcake retailer out just yet. Crumbs may have life in it still, as "The Profit" host Marcus Lemonis & partners near deal to save the bakery.
The $4.50 cupcakes went public in 2010, but their momentum went sour and Crumbs was delisted from the NASDAQ last week.
Blinged out: New Apple iPhone may be gold
Apple will be selling its next generation iPhone in a gold shade, according to a report.The iPhone and iPad maker has only sold the smartphone in black or white (or slate and silver for the iPhone 5), but according to TechCrunch, Apple is about to roll out its new iPhone, dubbed the iPhone 5S, in a gold color that will be more of a “champagne” shade than a yellow gold.
Ready for a new iPhone? Apple’s widely expected to unveil its next generation iPhone on September 10.
Going into business with your bff
Life’s burdens are lightened somewhat when a friend is there to bolster you. Having a good buddy to help move your sofa, paint your deck or clean up after a party significantly reduces the work involved and generally makes for a less unpleasant experience. It might even end up being a little fun.
What follows are 10 cases in which friends with nothing but ambition and a dream built successful companies—all of them household names today.
Why Google’s $35 Chromecast isn’t an Apple killer…yet
The race for the living room just got a little bit more intense.
On Tuesday Google unveiled its Chromecast device, a dongle that promises to make streaming Internet video to your TV a cinch. And at about 35 bucks a pop, it’s significantly cheaper than the Apple TV with its AirPlay feature, which prices at about $100.
"Disruption is democratizing what was once wholly owned by influencers at big institutions." -David Karp, Tumblr CEO